May 19, 2016 Subject:
Possibly the highlight of a great year
I'm always astounded at the relative lack of attention given to 1989 by live Dead fans. Perhaps because it's sitting the in between the two relative peaks formed by '87 and '90-'91? Whatever the reason, even after hearing dozens of shows from this year, I still get amazed at how good the playing was whenever I pop in one of these tapes.
And this show is no exception.....rather, it might be a prime example to point to as to why 1989 was such a year of late-era greatness for the GD.
Set 1 is fairly typical for this era, although the "Foolish Heart" opener is unusual, and does a great job kicking things off to a good start. Then, in less than an hour, the band is off the stage -- it's as if they know what coming up after the break, and want to get going fast.
Sure enough, it's a fantastic "Estimated Prophet" that starts things off. I always love the Brent-era versions of this song. His harmonies just bring out all the greatness that got left on the table when Donna was still in the mix. But wait -- what's this? Yep, one of only a half-dozen "Dark Stars" performed that entire decade (four of which were in 1989, if I needed more ammo to prove my point about the greatness of that year). And after a half-hour of psychedelic noodling, everything resolves into a wonderful "The Wheel'.
Mic dropped. Walk off stage. Be happy.
But nope -- there's more: "All Along the Watchtower" and "Stella Blue" for a perfect cap to the evening, with NFA ending it all off.
Really, just get a copy of this.
May 15, 2016 Subject:
It doesn't get much better ...
than this Dark Star>Jam. Dark Star itself is gorgeous and mellow, but the really DARK stuff starts in the outro jam. Newbies in the audience must have been wondering what in the world they got themselves into! Swirling left-right effects, and at times, sheer white noise.
Rest of the show is pretty solid; DS puts it over the top. Check out the long NFA -- it's not 12 minutes and change, but it's about 7:30 with a much longer Jerry solo than is typical for that time. Also, the band comes back for the encore with Jerry noodling in time with the crowd's chanting. Cool stuff.
October 28, 2014 Subject:
The meltdown in Miami
Pretty nice sound here...I did a bunch of shows but didn't go down for this..My bother went for this and the stories he came back with made me wish I'd gone..They made to the Keys for Fantasy Fest..The keys version on Mardi Gras..back to the music and good it was~!!The boys capped off a hell of a fall tour and this is one of my favorite Dark Stars~ it's just pure scary,,,Forever>Grateful Forever.Dead..GIVE IT A WHIRL
October 28, 2013 Subject:
can you tell by my name
that i'm going to love the stella blue?
October 27, 2011 Subject:
Dark Star -> Jam
I was there for this one - a kind brother who was sick could not make it so he miracled me! SO cool! We really did look out for our family. I hope he hears this recording... I remember being afraid outside and inside. heh.
I think maybe the setlist should read:
Dark Star ->
...they fell out of Dark Star as soon as Jerry hit the last word of the lyrics on the 2nd verse.
Eh... it all rolls into one.
October 26, 2011 Subject:
no track numbers.
Reviewer:East Coast Dave in WA
July 29, 2010 Subject:
Best Dark Star of the tour
This is a great one. What a way to end the tour. The whole show is strong from start to finish, but the second set really takes it over the top. Of the shows on this tour that I saw, my favorites are the first and last. This show and the FIRST night of Hampton. This Dark Star just destroys everything in it's path. This was my final tour, though this was not my final show. I consider it one of my favorite personally attended shows ever, and as already said, I think this Dark Star is the best of the 80's....... Jerry's voice is still a little froggy, but the jamming makes up for it. Not a weak performance this entire show.
June 25, 2010 Subject:
A few of my favorite things...
I missed this one...but thanks to Stephanie Starr for turning me onto it...did I notice a little "A Few of My Favorite Things" right after 1:09.
This is a smokin show on tape...heh heh...I just said tape...I did have the tape right afterwards tho...I used to be on top of that, man.
June 6, 2010 Subject:
Excellent. I love '89. I have a lot of shows in '89 that I like better than this but Dark Star made me give this 5 stars. Excellent sound too. Thanks Joani, Paul and of course Mr. Charlie Miller.
June 14, 2009 Subject:
The Last Epic Dark Star
And a killer show to boot.
April 14, 2009 Subject:
Killer Dark Star
Killer Blow Away & Dark Star....the swirling L<->R stereo effects are very trippy...Healy was the man...good performance and crispy sound quality.
July 29, 2008 Subject: